Holiday greetings from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The group, a nonprofit organization that promotes preventive medicine, has come out with its list of the five worst cookbooks of 2010. And topping the list is the ubiquitous Gordon Ramsay’s Gordon Ramsay’s World Kitchen: Recipes from The F-Word.
The book receives the dubious honor of being the PCRM’s “worst offender” among recipe collections that “encourage Americans to fill up on high-fat, meat-heavy meals, even as the country struggles with record obesity levels and skyrocketing diabetes rates.”
One of the recipes in the book singled out as having the capacity to “wreak havoc on your health” is British Pheasant Casserole, which is concocted using two pheasants, smoked bacon, butter, and heavy cream. Does sound a tad excessive, though it’s probably yummy.
Other heavy reading to be abjured, according to the committee, is Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips, which, in the PCRM’s view
weaponizes simple, healthy vegetables with high-fat meat and dairy products. Snap peas are laced with pancetta, a processed meat associated with increased cancer risk. Celery Root Puree is spiked with high-cholesterol butter and heavy cream.
A pattern appears to be emerging, and with it the suspicion that the Physicians Committee has it in for butter, heavy cream, and bacon by any name. For a further test of that hypothesis, consider the two recipes cited from How to Cook Like a Top Chef, by the creators of the series: Bacon Donuts (which are deep-fried!) and Hubert Keller’s Mac and Cheese, which “is loaded with fatty dairy products: butter, heavy cream, half-and-half, and Swiss cheese.”
Maybe the solution for those eager to own these celebrity tomes is to buy the book and just enjoy the pictures. That solution, despite protestations to the contrary, has worked for countless males of the species in the 60 years that Playboy magazine has been an American institution.
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